December 4, 1992
free agent (July 2009)
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The Book: Raul Alcantara (8.25.11)
Traded to Oakland with
Miles Head and
Josh Reddick for Andrew Bailey
and Ryan Sweeney (Dec. 2011)
Scouting Report: Lean Dominican
right-hander with highly projectable frame. Potential to add a lot of
weight and strength as he physically matures. Throws from a high 3/4 arm
slot. Sound and fluid mechanics, but there is some effort to create
velocity. Features a low-90s fastball that tops out at 95 mph. Fastball
shows downward movement and late finish when he stays on top of the ball.
Does not hold velocity deep into his outings, but he's still in the early
stages of building arm strength and stamina. Projects to add higher
sitting velocity as he matures. Has trouble spotting up on both sides of
the plate. Tends to leave his fastball in the middle of the zone.
Below-average fastball command. Also mixes in a 82-83 mph slider and an
83-86 mph changeup. Slider can show tight rotation and tilt, but he's
inconsistent producing hard snap and depth with the offering. Tends to
roll to the plate arm-side with loopy break. Potential to be a plus pitch
with refinement and evolve into a power slider. Creates similar arm-speed
to fastball when throwing changeup, but still learning how to feel the
pitch in his hand. Solid-average-to-better potential. Does not command
secondary stuff well, but both have solid foundation to become swing and
miss offerings. Poised and confident on the mound. Rough and raw overall.
Resembles Stolmy Pimentel in both physical stature and delivery at the
same age. High ceiling, with third starter potential.